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Some states ease restrictions as protestors call for reopening economy

Here are the latest updates from around the globe.

This weekend marked the beginning of several states easing restrictions related to the outbreak, which continues to take an unprecedented number of lives.

Residents in Florida and other states returned to the beach Saturday despite an increase in COVID-19 deaths and infections. Meanwhile, three Northeastern states reopened boatyards and marinas for personal use only.

The loosening of stay-at-home orders come amid a growing chorus to reopen economies throughout the U.S. But advisers are warning President Donald Trump that his push to restart business as usual comes with political risks.

Saturday also brought the star-studded "One World: Together at Home" benefit concert to support health care workers in the fight against COVID-19.

Here's what to know about the coronavirus, plus a timeline of the most critical moments:

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New York Gov. Cuomo says COVID-19 hospitalizations are down 'but it's not over yet'

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Photo: India locks down entire population

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How to watch Lady Gaga's 'One World: Together at Home' concert

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Cuomo: pandemic is 'no time for politics'

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Pentagon extending travel restrictions for military personnel through June 30

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United States tops 700,000 cases

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Britain passes 15,000 coronavirus deaths

1069d ago / 2:43 PM UTC

Even after 'flattening the curve,' Americans face a long road back to pre-coronavirus normalcy

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Iran's coronavirus death toll surpasses 5,000 as some businesses reopen

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Miami police chief tests positive for coronavirus

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Death toll in Spain surpasses 20,000

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Unexpected impact of stay-at-home orders: Cleaner air and wild animals reclaiming habitats

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At least 20 Afghan presidential palace staff test positive for virus

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Pope Francis prays for health care workers assisting disabled patients

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Kurdish-led region in northeast Syria reports first case

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Nigerian president's chief of staff dies as Africa’s death toll surpasses 1,000


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U.S. 'concerned' by threat of cyber attack against Czech Republic healthcare

1069d ago / 9:23 AM UTC

South Korea maintains downward trend in virus cases


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U.K. scientists to make 1 million potential vaccines before tests to prove it works

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Tennessee can’t prevent abortions during coronavirus, judge rules

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Gyms are eager to reopen, but are they safe?

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Florida begins to reopen beaches

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